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Series/Special. British Prime Minister David Cameron meets with the members of the House of Commons. (Stereo)

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  CSPAN    Question Time    Series/Special. British Prime Minister David Cameron  
   meets with the members of the House of Commons. (Stereo)  

    December 8, 2013
    9:00 - 9:36pm EST  

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journal -- bixby talks about the possibility of another government shutdown. and the role of medicaid under the affordable care act. andrew tillman examines military personnel costs and their impact on the defense department budget. journal," live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> they covet my mental health work, the first few meetings we had. one day, i was walking in the white house and met this woman who was one of the press people. said, nobody ever covers my meetings. not -- , it is
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but we tour the country and found out what was needed and it passed through congress one month before jim, as he says, was involuntarily retired from the white house. and it was never implemented. it was one of the greatest his appointment of my life. >> first lady rosalynn carter monday night on c-span and c- span 3. also on c-span radio and c- span.org. >> while david cameron was on a three-day trade visit to china, deputy prime minister nick clegg questions from members of the house of commons. questions were on british immigration policy and rising energy prices. as the session began, the deputy prime minister offered condolences to those who died in
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a helicopter crash in glasgow. this is about 35 minutes. >> order, questions for the prime minister, julie elliott. asked to apply -- i have been asked to apply -- as i was saying, i have been asked to reply on behalf of my rifle friend, the prime minister, who has been visiting china. the whole house wishes to join me in offering condolences to the family and friends of those who have been killed following the helicopter crashed in glasgow on friday evening. our thoughts also with those who are injured at this difficult time. yesterday andsite i would like to pay tribute on behalf of the whole house to the outstanding response and bravery
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of all the emergency services involved in what were extremely demanding circumstances. this morning, i had a meeting with my ministerial colleagues and others. i shall have further such meetings later today. >> may i associate myself with the comments made by the deputy prime minister after the very tragic events in glasgow. under the government's proposed new formula for allocating health funding, we are facing 42 million pounds. the deputy prime minister fink it is right to divert nhs funding from areas of higher levels of need to areas of lower levels of need and how does he think it will impact the crisis? she knows, nhs england is in position to make some of these judgments. questions on what ,oney goes where in the nhs from the party who still does
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not agree with our protections, we are putting 12.7 billion pounds of extra money into the nhs. i would be interested to know whether her party agrees. >> with the deputy prime minister join me in congratulating the london d 100gh which has re-home previously homeless families as a result of the government welfare program? >> i certainly would like to join my friend to congratulate them for the excellent work they have done. overcrowding is a real problem. hundreds of thousands of families are living, the children haveto do their schoolwork. their party has no answers to
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some of the fundamental problems they have created in the first place. >> can i join the deputy prime minister in conveying our deepest sympathy to the families of the nine people who lost their lives in the tragic aphid -- tragic accident in glasgow? i join him in paying tribute to the brave work of the emergency services and the amazing response of the people from glasgow. can the deputy prime minister tell us, compared to last winter , was this winter's household energy bill lower or higher? >> mr. speaker, they would be we had not take any action that we had. , would simply point out to her -- party's economic policy , her energy spokesperson
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said just two days ago on television, "well, you cannot control energy prices." there we have it. you do not need me to point out that your policy is a con. your energy spokesman has done it for you. >> mr. speaker, he has not answered. he has not answered the question i asked. >> as always, we will get through however long it takes. themselves calm sooner rather than later. so much so the better. >> the truth is, energy bills are not going down. they are going up. measures they talked about, it is not enough to stop
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bills rising. exactly how much will come from the profits of the energy giants? her piece of paper says i did not answer the question, but i did answer it. on average, be 50 pounds lower than they otherwise would be. that is pretty simple. that whilee adjusting the policies and adhering to our green commitment. her party's policy is pure fantasy. we have 50 pounds and she has a fantasy free. >> he has not admitted that, as a result of his government's policies, energy bills are going up.
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he has not admitted that. time heers -- next answers, what he is trying to hide is that not one penny will come from the profit of the energy giants. they are tiptoeing around the energy giants and allowing them to put up their bills. when it comes to standing up to the rich and powerful, this government is weak. when it comes to hitting the most vulnerable, they have no qualms at all. said thatminister people are exempt from the tax. that is not true. will the deputy prime minister apologize and put the record straight? >> the honorable lady talks about standing up to better interests.
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this in the week that we discovered that the great courage of the later leadership to stand up to the trade union -- >> order. this house should be the bastion of free speech. neither the deputy prime minister nor the learned lady must be shouted down. we will keep going with this session as long as it takes for proper order to be observed. the deputy prime minister. ofit should be the bastion liberal parties free of vested interest. free oflitical parties vested interest. it is about time they do what they say and stand up to their trade unions. >> i suggest that he leave it up
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to us to leave it to our party so many especially as of them used to be his. that, for over 90% of , therehit by the tax just is not a smaller property for them to move to. what would he have them do? government, for 13 hads, housing benefits people in the private rental which provides only the faintest of the number of rooms needed. we apply the same rule they administered for 13 years to those in the social welfare sector. many thousands of families in overcrowded properties and 1.8 million households still on the waiting list. , we so many other things
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are sorting out the mess they left behind. >> he knows there is no comparison to what we did and what he did. their bedroom tax hits people who have lived in their properties for years and cannot afford the charges and have got nowhere to go. says thatthere and they are making a difference in government. and they certainly are. without them, there would be no bedroom tax. no tripling of tuition fees. there would be no top-down reorganization fee. he says he is a break on the tories. even i know the difference between the brakes and the accelerator.
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isn't he the very first deputy conservative prime minister we could ever wish for? >> without the democrats, there would not be a recovery. we have our differences. we have our differences. >> order, order. order. the answer will be heard. >> we have our differences on this side of the house. is weing that unites us would not have gone on a foreign cocktail charm offensive in the first place. we would not do these things to
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our children and grandchildren. you can pay off this generation's debt. no one on this side of this house would have broken the british economy in the first place. >> he talks about the recovery and there might be a recovery for the rich, but for everyone else -- he will not stand up to the powerful and he will not stand up for the week. -- the weak. when it comes to being a loyal deputy to a tory prime minister, he will rake all of his principles. the truth is, if you will not freeze energy bills and scrap the bedroom tax, it will not be the tories. it has got to be labor. >> mr. speaker, they are not a government in waiting. they are not even an opposition in waiting. 18 months before the next general election and we still have no clue what the labour
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party would actually do. we do know a few things. energy policy that would see prices go up and not down. and a total failure to stand up to the trade union partners. if they cannot manage to come up with a sensible policy, if they cannot manage their own party, why should anyone think that they can manage our country? >> this weekend, saturday, i will be supporting local firms in my community. the reduction that this government has introduced in terms of corporation tax? what more can be done to reduce interest rates? >> i would suggest to my honorable friend that he should wait for the chancellor to make his statement. a brilliant event to encourage
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everyone to support local businesses in the u.k. plan to endernment small business relief and we reversed that decision, saving them pounds on average. >> tenants, councils, housing associations, and fabled groups are against this. party policy is against it. even danny stat is against it. why is the deputy prime minister the last one standing in andnding the veteran turks their policies that are so unpopular? >> everybody except that when you make a change from one system to another, there are hard cases that need to be dealt with professionally. have troubled the discussion
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tripled the discussion. a housing spokesman has declared recently that the department will be tougher on welfare. hasthat side of the house opposed 83 billion pounds worth of welfare savings. are they cuts or are they not? >> as you will know more than many, over the last three years, the leadership has shown a lamentable failure to provide consistent information to residents affected by the phase one proposal. in my constituency, they are holding a roadshow to tell my constituents about phase two. will he work with his honorable colleagues in government to ensure phase two provides decent compensation to everyone affected? >> i know he has strong views on this because of the way that hs- 2 may affect his constituency.
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of course, i agree with him. not only willful compensation be available, but also the right number of information provided. in october and is due to and in january. , includingix events the one he alluded to in his own constituency. ozark opportunities for people to make their views known. as he knows, i am a strong supporter of hs-2. widerpart of the revamping and modernization of our national infrastructure. >> there are more young people out of work in the backcountry than any of the areas. and you extend that into the , will you call an urgent meeting to sort that out and get the scheme underway much more quickly too?
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>> i certainly understand his sense of urgency and the so- called second wave. we are working to do so. there are a lot of t's to be crossed and i's to be dotted. more resources and the freedom to use resources are allocated to the local communities and local authorities. it is something we are determined to push through in his part of the country and elsewhere. >> given that northumberland faces more and more wind farm locations, can i recommend a reduction in the incentive within our total commitment to maintain our total commitment for renewables? >> the secretary of the treasury will concern this shortly in greater detail. we have adjusted prices as far as they apply to onshore wind
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and solar panel installations because we believe it is viable now to do so. actually might be more attractive for further investment in the offshore industry, in which we are already a world leader, not the least of which for the benefits of parts of the country such as the northeast or those blighted by lesser energy policies. >> is the deputy prime minister average, women working full-time have seen their earnings fall by nearly 2500 pounds since the election? does he think that the married man's tax allowance is the best way to help women who are paying the price of his government? lady knows thee respective views of the coalition on the so-called merhige tax -- marriage tax. i would point out to her that, , it is government
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raising the point to which the book pay income tax, which is disproportionately beneficial to women. 1.5 million women would be better off with our change. it is this government that is dividing more affordable places over the last 13 years -- then over the last 13 years under labor. we are waiting for high-speed broadband. we had really good news in somerset. 80% of my constituency will be connected by 2016. over 8000 properties will not be. they are the so-called last 10%. will we commit the funds to set aside to finish the job? we do not want complex systems. we do not want macs funding. we just want the job done.
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investing over 32 million pounds already in extending the coverage of superfast broadband as part of the current rural broadband program. over 10,000 premises are expected to be covered by the end of the year and 74,000 by next july. wehis point, the final 10%, announced back in june a quarter of a billion pounds to extend superfast broadband coverage further by 2017. the plans will be set out in further detail shortly. >> major investors in the northeast of england have said that if the u.k. leaves the eu, they are done with future investment. parties -- tive sure i speakd i am on behalf of most people also.
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a spectacular act of economic suicide for the country to hold itself out of the world's largest market. by some estimates, more than 3 million jobs are dependent on our membership to the european union. >> the government's brave decision to introduce capital benefits. when average earnings are 23,900 per year before tax and the cap is set at the first 5000 per year, they still feel that you can be better off on benefits from work. will my right honorable friend the rate soering that it always pays to work wherever you live? >> we have all taken an approach of regionalize and the benefit cut. regionalizing the benefit
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cut. we have taken a national approach at a national average. 26,000 pounds. the vast majority of people in our country think that is fair. you should be able to see the benefits more than you would obtain. i would be interested to know whether the party of opposite supports the popular measure. >> the governments are being pushed into action on interest rates by labor. just as they have said they were too high this winter, does the deputy prime minister agree that nothing less than laborers trying tothen labor cut and freeze interest rates? >> the reason that this government is being pushed into, which is what she said, by the party opposite, is rescuing the
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economy. we are pulling the economy back from the brink, because that is where they left it. we have had to fill the black hole in finances because they collected it. >> as you know, i am always .nxious ourhis friendly talk with coalition partners, given that the deputy prime minister is only at the dispatch box today because the prime minister is in , could the deputy prime minister please tell the house what would be common market share of world trade when the u.k. joined in 1973 and what does the eu share in world trade today?
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>> the eu share of world trade today is around 20%. i would say to him in an equally , the primeirit minister has been advocating a ,ew eu-china trade deal notwithstanding all the other changes in the world, because the eu remains a very powerful trading bloc. >> the value of royal mail shares at 610 pence each. two month ago, they advised the government if they should -- that they should walk away if they sold over 330 pence. does the prime minister believed that he has secured value for the money of the taxpayer? >> as my friend has explained, this is yet another result of us doing something which they should have done while in government. the price at which we set the
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sale was independently recommended to us at the highest range provided to us by independent advisors. >> two weeks ago, officers close with 11 unlicensed hmo unrelated adult living in a three-bedroom property, each paying 160 pounds per week in rent. they are investigating the further 100 cases. do you think it is time that we criminalized to protect? >> i am appalled to hear about that example of rogue landlords behaving unacceptably. we have strong power to attack those landlords and we expect them to make full use of those powers. we help hard- working tenants get a better deal, including a commitment to good property conditions in a
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private residence sector and we will be announcing which local authorities will receive a share in 3 million pounds worth of funding to help them tackle rogue and criminal landlords. >> when he signed the coalition agreement, with its commitment giving more power to people to envisage a he ever situation where counsel is threatening to close the successful and popular sullivan ,rimary school, rated good against the overwhelming opposition of the parents, the government, the people and local residents in order to hand it over to a preschool? >> the secretary of education is here and i'm sure he will want to write you on that specific case. one of the things this government has done is remove the dead hand of bureaucracy and theralization to make sure
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teachers can't teach the way they do best in the classroom and the parents have a greater role in the running of our schools. >> with a reference back to a decent question from the honorable gentleman, perhaps not on this issue, with the deputy prime minister agree that, for the coalition's concern on europe, actions actually speak louder than words? would he agree that the chancellor's decision sometime back to assist the irish economy , the very responsible conduct of the internal unity government to review, and the prime in china, own words he wants to recommend we stay in. this is a great boost of confidence for people like him and me, down to life liberal democrat and pro-european.
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joy to hearays a the mischievous wit and wisdom of my right honorable friend. as he knows, we are as one on the european issue. we need to reform the european union. you need to strip away bureaucracy where that can be done. we need to make it transparent and more efficient. we need to continue to exercise british leadership and the european union. >> gears from the national health service show -- figures from the national health service show an additional 6500 people used emergency services. -- toset to get worked get worse next winter. why? do not think it is helpful to the millions working in the
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i don't think it is helpful to talk down there admirable effort -- we should stop talking down the nhs. has more rather than less money. the last time the right honorable member sitting over there was secretary of state for was 77 the waiting time minutes. we cut that in half to 33 minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. last week, the ncaa arrested six individuals around the allegations of match fixing in english football league. can my friend assure me and the house that every possible measure is taken by the three bodies to uphold the integrity of english football? >> absolutely. i speak on behalf of everybody in the house -- certainly we are all football fans -- it is important we get to the bottom of this. it is a rather good example of excellent work of thenca, --
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the nca. with different jurisdictions, working with different agencies, to make sure that any suspicion or corruption -- of corruption and that great game is handled. >> the deputy prime minister will be aware of the case and risen with him now. it is an urgent matter i would like him to address. fledng constituent of mine a baded -- fled relationship in italy. she is now in wales. since then, the high courts have ruled under the hague convention that she is to return to italy on monday. may i ask the deputy prime minister to use his best endeavors to assure the italian authorities would realize that resting her would be disproportionate and little short of abominable to take a little boy into care pending the outcome of the proceedings? >> i am aware of his interest in
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this case. it is a desperately sad case. level, i would love to talk about it, but as he knows, ministers cannot comment or intervene in cases that have been before the court, whether in this country or abroad. we really cannot. however, i'm sure that the foreign commonwealth office will be able to provide consular he assistance to the mother as she pursues her case back in italy, including details of english- speaking lawyers and seeking updates from local courts about progress in the case. >> it may surprise the deputy prime minister to learn that the liberals have a reputation of advocating and eu in or out referendum but actually not following through with that. byl he now put that right encouraging liberal colleagues to support our eu referendum? >> mr. speaker, he and i joined
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forces in the lobby back in july of 2011. it was to legislate for the first time for a referendum and lock, which for the first time guarantees in law that if the rules of the european union there will be a referendum. that is a position my party believes in. that is our guarantee to the british people that a referendum will take place when certain circumstances determine it. i understand his party is having a debate, which is not changing that position. weshould stick to what legislated for in the summer of 2011. >> my honorable friend wanted to know whether the british value for money -- yes or no? >> our judgment is, yes. [laughter] easy though it might meet to make easy judgments about the
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company, according to the markets, we on this issue and several other issues have determined to take a long-term view, not score short-term political points. the acting prime minister has been outstanding today. if you were listening on the radio, you would have thought he was a right honorable member. you thought one of the immigration bills -- saw one of the immigration bills calls for the transitional area of bulgaria to continue. does he agree with that? >> i'm glad he hasn't raised his morbid obsession with the early demise or death of the prime minister. i think him. i also want to thank him for his very mixed double-edged compliment.
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myself,e minister and the whole government made a series of announcements last week where we are tightening up the access to benefits for migrants who come from other parts of the european union to this country. i believe we should protect and defend the principle of the freedom of movement, but the freedom to move to seek work is not the same as the freedom to claim. that is a distinction this government is now making. >> order. >> you have been watching prime minister's questions from the british house of commons. question time airs live on c- span 2 every wednesday at 7:00 a.m. eastern and again on sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. eastern and pacific on c-span. you can watch anytime at c- span.org where you can find video of past prime ministers questions another british public affairs programs. the editor of the london-based newspaper "the guardian" testifies be

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